A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

Tymps, Tymps, Tymps
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by Lori Riggs, MA, CCC/SLP Are you tired hearing us talk about tympanograms yet? We’re not tired of talking about them or recommending that you get them yet. Obviously we’re not afraid to admit that we’re pretty opinionated on the subject of how significantly middle ear fluid can affect a child’s development. For years there has been conflicting information by … Read More

Fun With Words: English is Easy
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by Gloria Lindsay The following was forwarded to us from Gloria Lindsay, long time NACD mom and supporter. The original author is unknown. For those of you who are feeling impatient about your child’s language development, this will make you stop and think about what a daunting task it really is to master our language! English is one of the … Read More

The Role of Short-Term Memory in Academic Achievement
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by John M. Jaquith, M. Ed. Click here to read the study (PDF) Abstract In order to see the effects of short-term memory on standardized achievement scores, this study compared the auditory and visual digit spans of 546 students (from a private school located in the Southeastern part of the United States) to their scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). … Read More

NACD – A Research Based Program
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Research Study by Brigham Young University: The Efficacy of the NACD Program Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 1, 2007 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

NACD Neuroeducational Model Program
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by Randy Estes Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 2, 2002 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

Auditory Processing – What is It? (Hearing vs. Processing)
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by Lori Riggs MA, CCC/SLP                                         Director, Center for Speech and Sound “Auditory processing”—We are hearing this term be referenced more and more, and an increasing number of children are being identified as having an ” auditory processing disorder.” But what … Read More

We Named Him Rohan
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by Santhi Bhupatiraju, as told to Iliana Clift The shock of the diagnosis was so great that I needed several warm blankets to calm my shivering body. Still waking up from the anesthesia and exhausted from hours of unproductive labor prior to the surgery, I wanted to know about the baby. My husband had begged to tell me the news … Read More

Beyond “Therapy”: Thoughts on factors influencing gross and fine motor development, with ramifications affecting cognitive function and language in developmentally challenged children.
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by Bob Doman I have observed a number of problems in our children whose overall development is slower than that of typically developing children, issues that are only indirectly associated with the actual neurological and physical aspects of their function. The degree to which the brain seeks change is related to the rate of development.           For most children with developmental … Read More

Kaitlyn: Just Getting Started
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Kaitlyn was eleven years old when she stumbled upon a book I was reading. She brought it to me and, as if she had just discovered a brand new planet, she exclaimed with a sparkle in her voice, “Mom, these kids are like me!” My heart skipped a beat— she was obviously ready to learn that the children in the … Read More

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